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Album Review: Treesreach — Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing

Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing, the debut album from Cedar Rapids trio treesreach, uses the story of Peter Pan as a thread joining the musical squares in a large double album quilt in the form of symphonic interstitial pieces. Taken by themselves, the rock songs are not directly Peter Pan-themed, but they evoke a sense of melancholy similar to Peter Pan’s afterthought.
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Album Review: Ryan Phelan — Memories

Cedar Rapids musician Ryan Phelan has been a mainstay on the close-knit music scene there for years, from beloved jam band Dr. Z’s Experiment to fresh effort Young the Lion. So it’s no surprise that on Memories, his solo effort released last month, he draws on the wide array of Cedar Rapids talent for an album filled with guest appearances, varied genres and local hat tips. […]

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Album Review: Hunter Dumped Us Here — I Understand

Hunter Dumped Us Here I Understand www.hunterdumpedushere.bandcamp.com The members of the band Hunter Dumped Us Here may hail from Cedar Rapids, but they have musical ideas and ambitions that extend well beyond the city limits. They may be firmly in the camp of drums-and-wires rock and roll, but one cannot deny their intensity and musical […]

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Cedar Rapids rockabilly revival: The Magnetos make a triumphant return

Magnetos Parlor City Pub and Eatery — Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. It’s been over two years since Cedar Rapids rockabilly favorites the Magnetos last graced a stage, and their fans are well-past ready for their return. Now, the wait is over. Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m., the band will put on a […]

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Alumni of the Cedar Rapids Emerald Knights to perform at Tournament of Drums

Tournament of Drums Kingston Stadium — Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Five drum corps units from across the country will gather on Friday, July 29 at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids (907 15th St. SW) for the second year of the newly-revived Tournament of Drums. The program showcases the musicianship and marching skills of […]

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Hello Dolly! Dolly Parton, Queen of Country, set to shine at U.S. Cellular Center

Nashville superstar Dolly Parton will grace the stage of the U.S. Cellular Center on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids as part of her Pure & Simple Tour. Tickets for tomorrow’s show are still available and range from $49-$125. In addition to being my mom’s favorite celebrity, Dolly has won eight Grammy […]

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The future of rock: Youth music festival in Cedar Rapids

Riley Smith Youth Music Festival NewBo City Market — Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Alburnett, Iowa native Riley Smith is returning to his roots to headline a festival filled with some of eastern Iowa’s most exciting rising talent. Smith, known to many for his role as Markus Keene on the TV show Nashville, will […]

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Janelle Lauer set to music direct her 20th show at Theatre Cedar Rapids

On February 26, Next to Normal opens at Theatre Cedar Rapids. It’s the sixth show of their 82nd season. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009 (it won three). Most exciting for local music fans, though, is the fact that it will be the […]

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Interview: Actor Jeff Daniels talks life on the road and the joy of touring with his sons

“It’s hard to be two things in this country,” says actor Jeff Daniels. “They’ll give you one, but not two.” The notion of a successful actor or actress breaking through into the music world is indeed a precarious one, with fame working as both an ally and enemy, a foot in the door and a […]

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